ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry

Canada Energy Star Challenge for Industry logo

Natural Resources Canada recognizes Canadian facilities that achieve energy intensity reductions with the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry program. Take the Challenge to reduce your facility’s energy intensity by 10% within 5 years. Download the 2-page overview (PDF, 311 KB) to share with your management, colleagues and staff.

If you are new to industrial energy management or are looking for a systematic guide to do-it-yourself energy savings, download the Energy Management Guidelines (PDF, 1.05 MB).

What are the benefits?

Participate in the Challenge to:

  • see direct savings resulting from increasing energy efficiency
  • increase energy management visibility
  • engage all business divisions (not only the energy-intensive ones)
  • build an energy management culture in your organization
  • demonstrate leadership by making a commitment to sustainability and clean growth
  • be recognized (if you meet the eligibility criteria)

Is my facility eligible?

To be eligible for recognition, a facility must:

  1. register as a Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leader
  2. have at least 50% of its energy use in manufacturing or research and development
  3. establish and maintain a file with all relevant energy data from your facility
  4. submit proof that your facility achieved a 10% reduction in energy intensity within a 5 year period using our Statement of Energy Improvement template

How do I apply?

  1. Contact us at to request application instructions. You will receive a registration form and the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry Participant Handbook.
  2. Complete and submit the registration form to us.
  3. Once you have submitted the form, you have up to five years to meet your energy intensity reduction goal. If you meet it sooner, let us know by sending us an email. A one-year period of energy intensity reduction is required. There is no penalty for not achieving the goal in the five-year period but you will need to register again to restart your participation in the Challenge.
  4. To apply for recognition, a facility needs a year’s worth of energy intensity data to compare to the baseline. When you have this data, send us the following completed documents:
    • Recognition Application form
    • Statement of Energy Improvement, which reports the data
    • P. Eng. Verification Checklist

How long will it take to process my application?

Processing times apply only to properly completed applications submitted by email.

Our standard is to process applications within 30 business days.

There are currently no delays in processing applications.

What else can I do?

Earn ENERGY STAR for Industry certification.

See which facilities have taken the Challenge

The facility that has most recently taken the Challenge is listed first.

facility that has most recently taken the Challenge
Facility Company City Province / Territory Baseline Year
Brockville 501 Tape 3M Canada Brockville ON 2018
Brockville PSD 3M Canada Brockville ON 2018
Celanese Canada ULC Celanese Edmonton AB 2018
Morden Manufacturing 3M Canada Company Morden MB 2018
Perth 301 Scotch-Brite 3M Canada Perth ON 2018
Perth 302 Tape 3M Canada Perth ON 2018
Winpak Ltd. Winpak Division Winnipeg MB 2017
CAMI Assembly General Motors Company Ingersoll ON 2017
Oshawa Stamping General Motors Company Oshawa ON 2017
St. Catharines Glendale Avenue General Motors Company St. Catharines ON 2017
London Oxford 3M Canada Company London ON 2017
Cascades Containerboard Packaging - Cabano Cascades Canada Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac QC 2016
Cascades Tissue Group - Candiac Cascades Canada Candiac QC 2016
Cascades Containerboard Packaging - Kingsey Falls Cascades Canada Kingsey Falls QC 2016
Cascades Forma-Pak Cascades Canada Kingsey Falls QC 2016
Cascades Tissue Group - Kingsey Falls Cascades Canada Kingsey Falls QC 2016
Cascades Tissue Group - Lachute Cascades Canada Lachute QC 2016
Cascades Paper - Kingsey Falls Cascades Canada Kingsey Falls QC 2016
Cascades Containerboard Packaging - Mississauga Cascades Canada Mississauga ON 2016
Cascades Containerboard Packaging - Trenton Cascades Canada Trenton ON 2016

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